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By Molly Peacock on 07-24-15
Wit, poetry, profundity--and delicious nostalgia
What made the experience of listening to Muse the most enjoyable?
Every poet (or every person with a poet's soul) who has even a hint of nostalgia for a poetry world that is almost gone by should read Jonathan Galassi's MUSE, a roman a clef novel about a young man in the publishing world and a poet of such fantastic renown she'd be Edna St. Vincent Millay (who read to audiences of thousands) AND Elizabeth Bishop, but with a reputation ratcheted up to, say, Meryl Streep. But much more warmly interesting is the young editor and narrator of the novel as he portrays (and, with finesse, betrays) the life inside two publishing houses. Galassi is so witty that his moments of profundity are surprises, delicious ones. I listened to MUSE on Audible.com and the narrator, Arthur Morey, was pitch perfect.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Paul, the young editor, who learns by ambition.
Which scene was your favorite?
All the scenes at the struggling publishing houses.
If you could rename Muse, what would you call it?
It's THE perfect title.